Roger Federer Feels He Plays Better Now Than When Was ’20 Years Old’

Published 05/11/2021, 2:56 PM EDT
Roger Federer of Switzerland gestures to the spectators before hitting signed tennis balls into the stands during day two of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)


Former world number one and twenty-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer is all set to make a return to competitive tennis as he prepares to play at the Geneva Open, which starts on May 16.

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The Swiss star made his comeback at the Qatar Open earlier this year and defeated Dan Evans in three sets. However, he fell prey to Nikoloz Basilashvili in the quarter-finals. Federer has stated that the tournaments he plays until Wimbledon are just so that he can have more matches to play. His main goal is to succeed at the Wimbledon Championships and the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Roger Federer speaks about his much-awaited comeback at the Geneva Open

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The road to peak form won’t be easy for the Swiss star. He will have to face stiff competition from younger players like Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, and also from his arch-rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Tennis – ATP 250 – Qatar Open – The Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, Doha, Qatar – March 10, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his first round match against Great Britain’s Dan Evans Tennis Federation/Samer Al-Rejjal/Handout via REUTERS
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Talking about his recovery post a dual-surgery in 2020, Federer expressed that he feels like a young player who wants to compete again.

2021 is going to be an exciting year because normality is getting closer, although it is being very hard because of the virus. I really can’t wait any longer to play matches,” Federer mentioned.

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The Geneva Open, where the Swiss Maestro will next play, has a strong player field with the likes of Denis Shapovalov, Fabio Fognini, Christian Garin, and others. With a few clay-court specialists on the list, it is the right tournament for Federer to participate in.

“I’m a more balanced player” – Federer

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The Swiss star spoke about how his game changed had over the past two decades. He said, “I’m a more balanced player. Over time I have been able to adjust the details in my style of play, my footwork and the technology of my rackets that make me able to play better now than when I was 20 years old.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 09: Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a volley during practice ahead of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on November 09, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

After Geneva, Federer will play the French Open. Owing to his huge fan base across the globe, expectations are riding high on the Swiss Maestro to stage the perfect comeback. With fans being allowed in stadiums frequently at various events this year, Federer will enjoy huge support.

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The twenty-time Grand Slam champion will also play the grass-court event at Halle to better prepare for the Wimbledon Championships. It’s a welcome sign for the sport to witness Roger Federer trying his best to compete at the highest level once again.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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